72. Avoid excess packaging.

Avoid excess …anything, really, (except excess Joy!), but for this week, let's unpack excess packaging.

When packaging too many words into a sentence (that has an important meaning), the point of the ‘gifted’ meaning within that package can get muffled or missed or lost and then diluted so that the sender and the receiver feel bloated, ineffectual, flabby and dismayed, which leads to obfuscating the main point and sorta wasting everyone's time (and credibility?) and in a sense not really delivering on the packaged ‘goods.’

To help you ‘Avoid excess packaging’

 here’s a simple 2-step process:

  1. Want less
  2. Repeat 

Your Future You sent you a package! Here, we’ll open it for you… 

It says - K.I.S.S.

P.S. - It’s been reported that Corporate Housing Companies help people ‘Avoid excess packaging.’, but we're not sure that's true. Even though our furnishings are designed to maximize functionality and flow (and Joy), excessive packaging…is really up to others to choose against Superfluous insulation. If not, you could try to re-use excessive packaging for your next night out - like our guy in the image. 

Why does this ‘Future You’ Series exist? What’s it about?  

  1. Promote easy, quirky sustainable practices that are NOT preachy, or guilt-ridden and without a focus on the ‘saving the planet’ (hint: the planet is going to survive no matter what we do). 

  2. A playful post of simple ways to sorta improve our lives, and the lives of those we love. Also improve our future lives… by taking playful action today. 

  3. Still reading? Cool. We think you’re amazing and full of joyful zest. 

This series is based off ‘105 Simple Sustainable actions’ - from Stephane Omsanski’s article in Parade from 2021.


72. Avoid excess packaging. 

Nowadays, the packaging is cooler than ever. But it is still (and always has been) bad for the environment. Whenever possible, opt out of excess packaging. That includes Styrofoam peanuts and paper, too. If you end up with excess packaging, try your best to properly recycle it.